Statement on banning the sale of peat

The significant potential of peatlands for carbon storage and biodiversity means that having healthy, wet peat in the ground is an essential tool in tackling the climate and nature crises. The Climate Change Committee has said that, to meet our Net Zero ambitions, we must end the extraction and sale of peat for all horticultural uses across the UK, including in the professional sectors and across imports, by 2023.

We are therefore pleased that the UK and Welsh Governments have recognised the importance of keeping our peat in the ground and are taking steps to ban the sale of peat in the retail sector. However, they must move faster and with much greater ambition to make the comprehensive changes necessary to meet the CCC’s target, introducing the proposed ban as quickly as possible and immediately scoping out a rapid path to a complete ban, encompassing trade, exports, imports and the professional sector. The continued extraction and sale of peat is indefensible in light of these Governments’ nature and climate goals.

  • National Trust
  • Plantlife
  • RSPB
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • Friends of the Earth England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • For Peat’s Sake
  • Garden Organic
  • Peat-free April
  • Snowdonia Society
  • Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming
  • Wales Environment Link
  • Wildlife & Countryside Link